Online Virtual K-12 lessons

We've created some fun and engaging science activities for students to do at home or in the classroom. Many of these activities are linked to the new BC Science curriculum. You'll also find our series of videos that are accompanied by teacher's workbooks with guides on how to support the concepts in the video. 

 

Meet a Scientist and Meet an SFU Student virtual series      *NOW SOLD OUT*

This free program is aimed at students in Grades 9-12. Sessions are held February, March and April 2021 on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30pm via Zoom. Email sfuscienceoutreach@sfu.ca to register for any or all of these talks. 

February 3/21   “Dissecting in pursuit of deciphering ALS” with  Tiffany Schulz from the department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Using Drosophila larva, with progression now into mice, we are investigating the cytoskeleton- associated protein, adducin, which is hyper-phosphorylated in ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) patients. Its downstream effects have been shown to play a critical role in influencing neuromuscular junction stability. Functions that, when perturbed, may have important implications for ALS and potential future treatments.

February 10/21  "Modelling the world with Mathematics "with JF Williams from the department of Mathematics

"In order to understand the world you must know the language in which it is written and that language is mathematics." - Galileo Galilei

Dr. Williams will discuss how mathematical ideas and tools are used in modelling phenomena we see eveyday, including the spread of COVID-19 and simple computer graphics as well as problems like cleaning up contaminated soil.

February 24/21 "How do Oil Spills effect Marine Ecosystems?" with Ranah Chavoshi from the department of Biology.

Ranah's research focuses on how diluted bitumen, a petroleum product, could affect local marine ecosystems. She specifically examines how seaweeds are affected since they form essential habitats in the ocean.

March 3/21 “Volcano research and monitoring in the Sea to Sky” with Glyn Williams-Jones from the department of Earth Sciences

Didn’t realize you were living and studying near potentially active volcanoes? Then join me for a dive into Canada’s volcanic landscape!

March 10/21 "A deeper look into the cell: Where bacteria and cells meet" with Brittany Walker from the department of Biology

What happens when you get sick? A look into a number of bacterial infections and how they affect our cells and their workings. Find out how science can tackle these infections and learn more about our cells at the same time.

April 14/21 “Coastal detective work: piecing together the puzzle of earthquakes, tsunamis and storms from past, present and future” with Jessica Pilarczyk from the department of Earth Sciences

Coastal sediments archive evidence of past earthquakes, tsunamis and storms. Unraveling these clues requires field investigations in remote parts of the world, innovative laboratory analysis, and a whole lot of detective work.

April 21/21 “Chemistry made Fun” with James Zhou from the department of Chemistry

Find more reasons to love chemistry! We'll help you see all sorts of chemical reactions happening around home and show you how chemistry can be a part of your post-secondary plans and career path. It’s more than just formulas!

April 28/21 “The Mysterious Death of Galaxies” with Joanna Woo from the department of Physics

Galaxies are vast collections of stars that evolve over billions of years. From surveys of hundreds of thousands of galaxies, we can see that they fall into roughly two categories: those that are alive and forming new stars, and those that are dead, or no longer forming new stars. Gas is the fuel for star formation, and there is plenty of it in the universe constantly falling into galaxies, so why have some galaxies simply stopped turning gas into stars? This cessation of star formation, called "quenching", is one of the biggest puzzles of galaxy evolution. Drawing upon my own research, I will give an overview of the different theories explaining the death of galaxies and what the observational evidence tells us.

May 5/21 “Natural History in a New Age” with Tiia Haapalainen from the department of Biology

Many natural history collections and museums face an uncertain future despite continued interest from the public and new applications in modern research. Learn how people with a broad range of abilities and backgrounds can engage as naturalists and why literacy in nature is essential.

Science Inquiry Video Series

These videos were produced with School District 43 and are based on the "inquiry" method of teaching science. 

Click here for the Teacher's Guide to Exercise & Heart Rate

Click here for the Teacher's Guide to Starry Lights

Click here for the Teacher's Guide to Glaciers & Climate Change

To register your class for any of the workshops listed below, please email sfuscienceoutreach@sfu.ca. Workshops are free and offered via Zoom. 

 

Online lessons to do in your home or classroom for K-7

 

Online lessons to do in your home or classroom for Grades 8-12